Ten things to do in and around South Yorkshire

One of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park's tigers cools down in the hot weather.
One of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park's tigers cools down in the hot weather.
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Here are 10 top things to do in and around Sheffield this weekend and next week - August 24 to September 1.


Sheffield Aquarium

Summer Saturdays in Sheffield City Centre, Saturday, August 24, 1-7pm

A vibrant ‘inland aquarium’ experience, on Fargate and the Moor, combining colour, charm, creative invention and, above all, humour. Admission is free. Tel: 0114 221 1900


Sheffield by the Seaside

Summer Saturdays in Sheffield City Centre, August 3-28, 1-7pm

The Peace Gardens and Fargate will be packed full of fun things for all the family including bumper cars, ice cream, fun fair rides and a beach. Admission is free. Tel: 0114 221 1900


Sheffield Fayre

Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield, Sunday 25 & Monday 26 August, 10.30am-5.30pm

As well as living history demonstrations, medieval dancing, a Napoleonic soldiers’ drill, and have-a-go archery, there will also be a horticultural show, crafts, stalls, and other family activities. Admission is free. Tel: 0114 286 0400


Designed to Shine Cinema

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, Monday, August 26, 10am-5pm

The last chance to catch this programme of historic and contemporary short films exploring Sheffield’s stainless steel heritage and influence. Admission is free. Tel: 0114 278 2600


The Story of Ironie

Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield, Tuesday, August 27, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

An interactive storytelling performance of ‘The Story of Ironie’, a children’s story written and illustrated by Harry Brearley, the discoverer of stainless steel. Performances at 12.30pm and 2.30pm for 3 to 8-year-olds. Adults: £4.50, Concessions: £3.50, children under 16 free. Tel: 0114 272 2106


Amazing Archaeology

Sheffield Manor Lodge, Thursday, August 29, two hour sessions at 10.30am & 1.30pm

Take part in a dig, see what clues you can uncover from the past and document and record your finds. You might even stumble on some buried treasure. The afternoon session is the same as the morning one. £3 per child (4 years +). Book in advance. Tel: 0114 276 2828


Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Daily, 10.30am -3.30pm

Situated just outside Doncaster, the park occupies 70 acres of a 260-acre site, offering a unique view into the world of animals with walkthrough areas including the Lemur Woods, Wallaby Walkabout and South America Viva. The most endangered carnivore in Africa, the Painted Hunting Dog, can also be seen at the park, and on the ‘African Plains’, zebra, antelope, ankole cattle and ostrich roam free. Other animals include the popular meerkats, raccoon dogs, Bactrian camels and the park’s newest recruits – giraffes! Admissions: Adults £10.50, children (aged 3 -15 ) £8.50, children (under 3) free. Tel: 01302 535 057


Madame Zuchini’s Vegetable Rainbow Show

Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, Wednesday, August 28, 1pm & 2.30pm

Join Audrey Aubergine, Princess Lemonface and Five-a-day-Phil on their journey to the end of the Vegetable Rainbow before making your own colourful veg character. One hour session. £5 per child, book in advance. Tel: 0114 278 2655


Hedgerow Harvest

Steel Valley, Stocksbridge, Thursday, August 29, 10am-noon

Fruit and wild food foraging for all the family with the Steel Valley Project. Bring your own baskets! All under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult. You may need to bring your own refreshments and suitable clothing/sun protection. The event is free but booking is essential. Tel: 0114 2830880


Chatsworth Country Fayre

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, Friday, August 30- Sunday, September 1

With massed pipe and military bands, parades, hot air balloons, parachuting, over 300 trade stands and rural crafts, horse shoeing, ferret racing, archery and sheep dog trials, the Country Fayre is a memorable event. Tickets £20 on the gate, children under 14 free. Tel: 01328 821821